The Chevy Silverado H.D. Pickup begins its first full year
of production in 2002, and continues to build momentum after
its introduction last year as the segments most powerful
line of all-new three-quarter and one-ton pickups and chassis
Chevrolet Silverado offers a selection of 32
heavy-duty models, including 2500HD (3/4-ton) and 3500 Series
(one-ton) regular cabs; four-door extended cabs, Crew Cabs
and chassis cabs. Four special versions of the heavy-duty
pickups, with a reduced gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR),
are available for alternative fuel vehicle customers.
Most powerful engine lineup
The segments most powerful gasoline and diesel engines
drive the 2500HD/3500 Series to the head of its class in
performance. The new powertrains were validated for an extended
operating life of at least 200,000 miles (322,000 km).
Duramax 6600 V8 tops diesel class
The Duramax 6600 diesel V8 is a state-of-the-art, 90-degree,
direct-injection, overhead valve, four-valve-per cylinder,
turbocharged and intercooled V8, developed through a joint
venture between GM and Isuzu Motors. From virtually any
perspective, the optional new Duramax 6600 provides more
customer benefits than competing diesels.
More power. With 300 hp at 3100 rpm and 520 lb-ft (705
Nm) of torque at 1800 rpm, the Duramax 6600 produces 65-70
more horsepower and 20-70 lb-ft more torque than the competitions
Segment-leading acceleration at any load level. Acceleration
tests show that the heavier the load it pulls, the more
quickly the Duramax 6600 outdistances its competitors.
Vortec 8100 big block V8 tops competitors V10s
An optional Vortec 8100 V8 gas engine is built on one of
the most celebrated engine foundations in automotive history,
GMs Big Block V8. With 340 horsepower at 4200 rpm
and 455 lb-ft (617 Nm) of torque at 3200 rpm, the Vortec
8100 produces 40-65 more horsepower and 30-45 lb-ft more
torque than Ford and Dodge V10 engines.
The Vortec 8100 also provides best-in-class gas engine
Most powerful standard Vortec
The Vortec 6000 V8 is the most powerful standard
engine in its class, with 300 hp at 4400 rpm and 370 lb-ft
(501 Nm) of torque at 4000 rpm. It produces 40-50 more horsepower
and 25-35 more lb-ft of torque than the competitions
largest gasoline V8s.
Smooth-shifting, high capacity
The Duramax 6600 and Vortec 8100 mate to smooth
shifting, high capacity transmissions, including a standard
ZF S6-650 six-speed manual and optional Allison 1000 five-speed
automatic. Both have close-ratio gearing, which provides
exceptional launch, hill climbing and towing capability
and economy. Their heavy-duty components are stronger than
those typically found in one-ton truck transmissions, providing
The ZF S6-650 six-speed is fully synchronized in all gears
for easy shifting. Dual cone synchronizers in second and
third gear provide extra capacity. High helix angle gears
provide quiet operation. A convenient shift pattern allows
the shift lever to be moved forward for reverse and straight
back for first, providing easy low speed maneuvering. Second
can be used for launching unloaded or lightly loaded trucks.
First gear can be used as a "creeper gear" for
extra low-end performance.
The Allison 1000 is a GM-exclusive. It has full electronic
control of shift timing points, five forward speeds, and
helical-type planetary gearsets for quiet operation. It
also provides two operating modes, normal and Tow/Haul.
In the latter, the torque converter clutch engages in second,
third, fourth and fifth gears to avoid excessive heat buildup
when the truck is heavily loaded.
Heavy-duty five-manual and GMs optional 4L80-E four-speed
electronically controlled automatic transmissions are available
for the Vortec 6000. The 4L80-E also provides the benefits
of Passive Shift Stabilization with its Tow/Haul mode, two
year/50,000-mile (80,000 km) transmission oil change intervals
and a standard temperature gauge and temperature monitoring
Top hauling, trailering capability
With awesome power, tough frames, advanced suspensions
and higher capacity brakes, the 2500HD/3500 Series provide
outstanding payload capacities and unparalleled hauling
and trailering capabilities, including:
The 3/4-ton segments highest 9200-pound (4173 kg)
GVWR (400 pounds/181 kg more than competitors) and payloads
of up to 3964 pounds (1798 kg)
The one-ton pickup segments highest 11,400-pound (5171-kg)
GVWR and payloads of up to 5753 pounds (2610 kg)
An 11,400-pound (5171 kg) GVWR for 2WD chassis cabs and
12,000-pound (5443 kg) GVWR for 4WD chassis cabs. Chassis
cabs provide payloads of up to 6089 pounds (2762 kg).
Both the Vortec 8100 and Duramax 6600 Diesel V8 permit towing
trailers up to 12,000 pounds (5443 kg); they provide a maximum
22,000-pound (9979-kg) gross combined weight rating (GCWR).
With a fifth wheel or gooseneck hitch, trailering capability
increases to an astounding 15,800-pound (6804-kg) maximum.
The Vortec 8100 provides its maximum ratings with either
a 4.10:1 or 3.73:1 axle ratio; the Duramax 6600 offers a
3.73 axle ratio.
With a weight-distributing platform hitch and 4.10 axle
ratio, the Vortec 6000 V8 permits towing trailers weighting
to 10,500 pounds (4763 kg) and provides a maximum 16,000-pound
The heavy-duty pickups are trailer ready. A Handling and
Trailering package is standard. A Trailering Equipment package
provides the weight-distributing hitch platform, eight-wire
trailer harness with mounted connector and a jumper harness
with a plug-in for the electric trailer brake controller.
Suspension, braking and steering
A long- and short-arm independent front torsion
bar suspension is standard on all models.
Semi-elliptic multi-leaf rear springs operate in two stages
on pickups and in three stages on one-ton chassis cabs.
A world-class four-wheel disc brake system, featuring GMs
powerful Hydro-Boost brake apply system and four-wheel ABS,
is standard all models.
Wheels and tires
Wide standard 16 x 6.5-inch eight-bolt steel
wheels provide great stability, and 2500HD/3500 Series also
have E-load range tires to help provide for increased load-carrying
capability. The 2500HD models feature standard LT245/75R16E
radials with either an all-season or on-/off-road design,
depending on the model. The 3500 Series have standard LT215/85R16-E
highway or on-/off- road radials. A full-size spare is standard.
Cabs, safety and security
Regular, four-door, extended and Crew Cab sizes
have significant interior room and outstanding seating comfort.
The extended cab has the industrys largest rear-door
openings. The Crew Cab has even more headroom, leg room
and hip room than the segment-leading Extended Cab.
The 2500HD/3500 Series has the OnStar system. It is now
standard on uplevel Silverado LT extended cab and Crew Cab
models. OnStar adds safety and security features such as
automatic air bag deployment notification and emergency
assistance with remote location. For more information about
OnStar, see the "OnStar" section of the Corporate
All models have standard dual air bags, with a passenger
side deactivation switch on regular and extended cab models
to protect small occupants.
With several best-in-class advantages, Silverado H.D. stands
ready to increase Chevys heavy-duty pickup market
share in 2002.
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